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Holme Bird Observatory Wednesday 25th March 2020

Another clear and sunny day with a light southerly breeze and temperatures reaching almost 16 degrees Celsius.

Cabin fever set in here with no-one but a few walkers along the footpath for a second day! A male Cetti's Warbler was swearing near to the Broadwater hide and Chiffchaffs singing in various spots with at least 6 noted. A pair of Stonechats were along the approach track again. More general migratory activity was visible, with a light passage of Meadow Pipits through the dunes. The pines were shedding their cones and seeds attracting mixed flocks of Linnets and Goldfinches. On the grazing marshes slightly reduced numbers of Wigeon and Brent today, with 300 and 150 respectively. A Barn Owl was hunting at the east end of Holme village early morning and a small party of 16 grumbling Pink-feet dropped in on the marsh opposite the Obs during the afternoon. Otherwise it was rather quiet again.

Moth traps produced 4 Hebrew Characters this time so that's one up on yesterday! Brimstone, Peacock and four Small Tortoiseshell was the total for butterflies, and a newt was in the pond.

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